The Show Me State also celebrates Arbor Day today. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, the state has marked the holiday on the first Friday in April since 1886.
There are a lot of ways to celebrate. One is at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis (picture at right), which is giving away free seedlings to the first 600 visitors today.
The Department of Conservation has additional information and resources here.
Many Americans recall images of the horrible damage and devastation last year’s tornado wrought in the areas surrounding Joplin, Missouri. Months later, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the “toll of (the) tornado is told through Joplin’s trees” – namely, the fact that they’re not there. The Arbor Day Foundation will be distributing trees to residents on April 21 with the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center to help restore Joplin’s tree canopy to its pre-tornado strength.
You can donate to the Joplin Tree Recovery Campaign at arborday.org/joplin.
The State of Missouri is currently home to 80 Tree City USA communities, accounting for 2.4 million people. The largest Tree City USA community in Missouri is Kansas City, population 441,545; the smallest is Augusta, population 218.